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Pakistan summons Norway’s ambassador over burning of Quran

November 23, 2019
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Supporters of Interfaith Commission for Peace and Harmony condemn a desecration of the Muslim Holy book Quran in the Norwegian city of Kristiansanda, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Pakistan government conveyed its 'deep concern' to the ambassador of Norway on Saturday after a man desecrated the Holy Quran in the Norwegian city, official said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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Supporters of Interfaith Commission for Peace and Harmony condemn a desecration of the Muslim Holy book Quran in the Norwegian city of Kristiansanda, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Pakistan government conveyed its 'deep concern' to the ambassador of Norway on Saturday after a man desecrated the Holy Quran in the Norwegian city, official said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Norway’s ambassador to convey the deep concern of the government and Pakistani people over the recent burning of Islam’s holy book by a Norwegian man that was caught on video.

In Saturday’s statement, the ministry said: “Such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around the world.”

The statement demanded action against the person in the city of Kristiansand who desecrated the Quran at an anti-Islam rally last week. Pakistan’s reaction comes after video surfaced on social media showing a non-Muslim man burning the book.

In the video, a Muslim youth is seen jumping over a fence and kicking the person burning the Quran. The incident drew nationwide condemnation, with many Pakistanis praising the youth as a hero for defending the Quran.